Notice of AGM / Subs Renewal 2020

The 66th AGM of the Society will be held promptly at 11.00 a.m. on Wednesday 8 May at Braintree Golf Club.  All members of the Society are encouraged to attend, irrespective of whether or not they are playing in the competition of the day, as it is important for the wellbeing of the Society and it is your opportunity to find out what is planned for 2020.

Membership subscriptions are due by 28th February.  Packs have been emailed and/or posted to all current members and new Lady Captains.  If you have not received your pack the essential documents are available to download from here:

This year all our documents are in PDF format as we were having difficulties with word documents printed from some tablets and mobiles. Please download, print, complete and return your Subscription Form and if appropriate your Meetings Application and Friendly Match Forms as soon as possible.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our events during the year.

Happy golfing

Carol Bell (Hon Sec & Webmaster)

Advance Notice of dates for 2020

Wed 8 April      Match with Essex Men’s Captains     Stock Brook (Home)

Wed 6 May      AGM & Spring Meeting     Braintree

Wed 3 June      1st Summer Meeting     Ballards Gore

Mon 8 June      Match v Herts     Colne Valley (Home)

Mon 22 June      Match v Kent     West Malling (Away)

Wed 8 July      Match v Cambs & Hunts    Chigwell (Home)

Mon 13 July      2nd Summer Meeting      Theydon Bois

Wed 5 Aug        Match v Suffolk     Frinton (Home)

Mon 10 Aug      Ida Bunting Semi Finals     TBC

Thurs 13 Aug    3rd Summer Meeting     Clacton

Mon 24 Aug      Ida Bunting Final     TBC

Tues 8 Sept       Autumn Meeting     Three Rivers

Our annual mailshot to members and new Lady Captains will be sent out by post/email before the end of January.

Carol Bell Hon Sec & Webmaster

Autumn Meeting Chigwell September 2019 – Results

Our Autumn Meeting, the last event of the season took place at Chigwell Golf Club in mid September. A very popular meeting with the past and present Lady Captains with 78 ladies from 36 clubs across the County playing on the day in the drawn 4BBB competition. 

The ladies teed off from 12 noon in warm and overcast conditions. As the day went on the grey clouds gathered, the wind got up and eventually the rain came down. Nevertheless the ladies enjoyed the course although some found the greens tricky to master and the numerous bunkers difficult to avoid. At the end of the day the ladies were treated to a delicious cold buffet. Our thanks to Chigwell Golf Club for hosting the event and to all the staff on the day for looking after our every need. Thanks also to Kate Gadsby Lady Captain of Chigwell for joining us for the day and to Jo Davies our Vice President for coming in the afternoon to take charge of the results and present the prizes with Kate. 

As is often the case, the prizes were fiercely contested with 4 pairs on 39 points. 6th Caroline Fields (Braintree) & Jenny Luke (Mardyke Valley), 5th Sandra Griggs (Maylands) & Christine Berry (Belfairs), 4th June Morgan (Langdon Hills) & Roma Raymond (Five Lakes) 3rd Brenda Young (Braintree) & Pat Vincent (Chelmsford).  However 2 pairs excelled and in second place with 41 points were Pauline Nash (Royal Epping) & Margaret Oliver (Orsett).  But the clear winners lifting the Bradban Trophy with a fantastic score of 45 points were Lynne Southgate (The Burstead) and Carol Berry (Garon Park). 

It was great to see so many ladies in there pink attire out on the course, a great way to end the season. 

We are in the process of finalising our programme of events for 2020, details should be on our website before Christmas and we look forward to seeing our existing members and some new ones too next season. 

Carol Bell Hon Secretary & Webmaster

Autumn Meeting Chigwell 23 September 2019 – Details for the day

Will all those playing in the Society of Essex Lady Captains Autumn Meeting at Chigwell on Monday 23 September please register by no later than 11.10.  This is a large meeting so please don’t be late. If you are held up on the day please send a text message to Carol Bell (mobile 07784 244172) or leave a voice message, giving your estimated time of arrival.  Bacon rolls and coffee will be available from around 10.30.   First tee time is 12 noon.  A list of those playing can be downloaded below, can members please ensure that others at your club are aware of the details.  If you need to cancel your place please contact Jane Collier preferably via email or alternatively telephone Jane on 01621 893644, in either case please ensure you receive confirmation of your cancelation.

The evening meal is a Cold Buffet including beef, turkey or gammon with a selection of salads – mixed leaf, cherry tomatoes, onion, cucumber, peppers, coleslaw, quinoa bean salad, pasta salad plus new potatoes and bread. The dessert is apple crumble. If you have any special dietary requirements you must contact the club direct (please speak to Kathleen or Trudy in the office) 020 8500 2059 in advance of the meeting, to ensure you are properly catered for.  Buggies are available to hire at a special price of £20 by contacting the Pro shop (020 8500 2059).  If you intend to book a buggy please contact Carol Bell (mob 07784 244172] and let us know if you are happy to share and we will try to put you in a group with another lady who wants a buggy – but no guarantees!

We look forward to seeing you all at Chigwell on the day.

Autumn Meeting Chigwell 23 September – Players1

Carol Bell (Hon Sec and Webmaster)

3rd Summer Meeting Colchester August 2019 – Results

The fourth meeting of the season took place at Colchester Golf Club in August.   The course was in great condition especially the greens. Over 50 ladies played on the day in warm sunshine. Some of the ladies found the course tricky in parts and some found the warm temperatures a little too much. Nevertheless, the prizes were fiercely contested with four pairs all finishing with 40 points. In 4th place were Barbara Ingram (West Essex) & Mary Graham (Benton Hall). 3rd place went to Pennie Lipscomb (The Warren) & Judy Podd (Forrester Park). In 2nd place were Joanna Hurn (The Rayleigh Club) & Christine Hunt (West Essex).  The overall winners of the day picking up the Friendship Salver were Pam Stevens (Gosfield) & Chris Gordon (Orsett). 

Our grateful thanks to Colchester Golf Club for hosting this event, to all the staff on the day who were really helpful, to Pat Kettle who stood in for the Colchester Lady Captain, and to both Pat and Sheila Dornan who checked all the cards and computed the results.  A really lovely day.

4th Barbara Ingram & Mary Graham

3rd Pennie Lipscomb & Judy Podd





2nd Christine Hunt & Joanna Kurn

Pat Kettle receiving gift from Lady President

Winners Pam Stevens & Chris Gordon

Carol Bell Hon Secretary & Webmaster

Ida Bunting Memorial Trophy Final

The final between Sue Knowles, handicap 15, Thorpe Hall and Sharon Warrington, handicap 17, Three Rivers took place at The Rayleigh Club on Monday 19th August. The weather was sunny & breezy and the course was in good condition.

Sharon started well & was 2 up after 3 holes, the 4th & 5th were halved, Sharon won the 6th & the 7th& 8th were halved. Sharon parred the ninth to be 4 up at the turn & went on to win the match 6 & 4 on the 13th, having won 10 & 11, Sue won the 12th but Sharon birdied the 13th

My thanks to The Rayleigh Club for hosting the final & to their Lady Captain Julie Delves who kindly welcomed us.

The loosing finalist Sue received a memento of her good run in the competition and the winnerSharon received the Salver & a memento which was presented by our Lady President, Dot Greaves.

Runner up Sue Knowles (Thorpe Hall)

Winner Sharon Warrington (Three Rivers)

Pennie Lipscomb (Ida Bunting Organiser & Referee)

Friendly Match v Suffolk Lady Captains

Our final friendly match of the 2019 season was held at Ufford Park Golf Club on the 2nd August 2019 hosted by the Suffolk Lady Captains.

Ufford Park is quite a challenging 18-hole resort course, with plenty of carries over water making your tee shot quite daunting at times.  The course and the greens were in very good condition.    

Unfortunately, due to 2 late withdrawals, we were unable to field a full team.  We had already used 4 or 5 reserves to fill the team so despite contacting some 50+ players the day prior to the match we had to go shorthanded. It was agreed that we would play a joint team event with two 3-ball teams and four 4-ball teams with the best 2 scores to count.    Winners on the day were Georgina Penketh (Crondon Park) & Barbara Connolly (Benton Hall) alongside their Suffolk partners with 81 points.  In second place were Sandra Goff (Crondon Park) & Sheila Mines (Benton Hall) plus partners with 73 points.

Thanks to the Catering Staff for an excellent meal and to the Green Staff. Thanks also to everyone for playing, with a special thanks to the reserves who stepped in.

It’s been a great season on the friendly front, despite the difficulties associated with numerous last minute cancellations and trying to field a full team for every event. We do understand that sometimes it is necessary to cancel at the last minute but this can leave the Committee in a very difficult position in order to field a full team at very short notice.  A very big thank you to all those who played this year, especially the ladies who stood in at the last minute.  Look out for the 2020 Friendly Match fixtures on the website later in the year and apply for suitable dates, at February renewals, as we need more ladies to apply in order to ensure we can field a full team for every event.    

Gill Larcombe (Friendly Match Organiser)